Integrating Ubuntu with a Windows-based network is harder than it should be
Posted by: Anonymous
on December 27, 2007 07:32 PM
Man. There are a lot if useless comments on this page. Since I have experience trying to convert from Windows to Linux in the workplace I can attest to the issues found in the article. I don't find it that hard to setup authentication against AD, but then again I have set that up a number of times at this point. I will say that this issue is not and Ubuntu issue and is more of a suite of issues.
Years back I setup a Fedora Core 2 box to authenticate against AD. It worked well. But I had issues when it came to e-mail and the office suite. Evolution had the exchange connector, which is just OWA. And it was more of a pain than a pleasure. OpenOffice and MSOffice can open each others docs, but they are always off in some way. What really needs to happen is that someone needs to port MSOffice to Linux. That is Microsoft's only foot hold in the business world. Outside of that they have nothing. But the new hurdle is the fact that MS has Office tied so heavily into almost every facet of the OS that it is nearly impossible to move from MS to Linux. I haven't seen any mention of Sharepoint, etc.
As of this writing Windows-Linux integration is their to a point. If we are talking authentication -- yes, it works. If we are talking application integration -- well, it kind of works. Good luck to anyone trying to convert at the workplace. I usually end up seeing Linux geeks using vmware with an XP guest loaded to get their work done.